Thea owns Amma yoga and teaches Prenatal, Mom & Baby, Moms & Movers, Tots and Yoga!
Mum to Zachary and Leela, yoga teacher, birth doula and childbirth educator, Thea Mistry is passionate about supporting women as they rise to the challenges of pregnancy, birth and motherhood. She has been dreaming of amma since her son was born and she learned the importance of "finding your moms". Before moving to Kitchener from Toronto in the Fall of 2014, she worked primarily withToronto Yoga Mamas, Baby & Me Fitness, and bebo mia, teaching prenatal yoga and birth preparation, mama and baby yoga and vinyasa flow, facilitating a mama group and supporting women through labour. Her yoga classes flirt with the boundary between challenging and nurturing in a fun and accessible flow that connects movement to breath. She engages yoga as a tool to still the mind and open the heart. She loves witnessing friendships taking root in class and creating a space where people can find solidarity in shared experiences. Her original Yoga Teacher Training was with Dru Yoga in the UK, followed by an Intensive in Rishikesh, India. Sasha Padron's Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training fundamentally shifted Thea's perspective of birth and motherhood and started her on a life-changing journey. She also completed a 20 hour workshop on Teaching Yoga & Meditation to Children Ages 2 1/2 - 12. Darryn Rhodes' yogahour teacher training challenged her to use clear language and teach authentically. The Bellies Inc. Certification challenged everything she thought she knew about prenatal and postnatal fitness and core recovery. She trained as a Birth Doula with Melissa Cowl and certified with DONA International. Thea teaches with a contagious joy and strives for her students to step off their mats smiling, feeling centred and strong.
Presenting our amazing team, in alphabetical order by first name...
Carin: yoga and Mom & baby (on leave)
Carin Lowerison is a mom to three amazing girls, arts professional and Hatha yoga teacher who moved to Kitchener from Toronto in 2013. She completed her first yoga certification in 2007 at the Yoga Studio in Toronto under directors Michael Siddall and Cynthia Cooperstone. To date, Carin has accumulated over 400 hours of teacher training and continues to cultivate her craft through ongoing study. Her teaching draws on various Hatha yoga styles and is strongly influenced by her long-time study of Anusara yoga. She encourages a playful and intense yoga practice and teaches with great authenticity, enthusiasm, and care for her students. Her classes are theme-based, heart-centered, and always an adventure. Her hope is that when you meet yourself in your practice, it will be a time of insight, creativity, and celebration that will inform and enrich all aspects of your life off the mat. Carin is continuously moved by yoga's potential for teaching empowerment, dignity, grace and awareness.
CHRISTINE: FAMILY YOGA
Christine Witmer Lang first discovered yoga almost two decades ago, and has been exploring her own practice ever since. She is drawn to the symmetry between the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of yoga, which can offer far-reaching support to our busy lives.
While being a mom to two active boys, and operating a home daycare to five young children, she completed her 200 hour Teacher Training in Alignment-Based Hatha Yoga at Queen Street Yoga in 2015/2016.
Her goal is to create a nurturing and inclusive space, where students of all ages and abilities can practise in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Self-compassion is an overriding theme in her classes and in her life.
ELANA: MOM & BABY YOGA
Elana Chand is mama to Ari and Ezra. While she has been practicing yoga for the past 10 years or so, she recently completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training certification with Fusionmovement Yoga Studio in Cambridge and has since taken workshops on teaching Pre/Post-natal Yoga and Yoga for Anxiety. Yoga has been an important part of her own journey with depression & anxiety, prenatal preparations, and postnatal recovery as well as a key part in her journey back to re-discovering herself after becoming a mama. She has a passion for helping others practice self-care, self-love and acceptance and is excited to share her love of yoga, and the ways that it has nourished her body and soul, with her students.
Outside of motherhood and yoga, Elana is also a mosaic artist, inspired by the idea of breaking things apart and putting them together into something new and beautiful. In the future, Elana will be working on a public art mosaic installation as part of the ION Light Rail Public Art project.
Jackie: prenatal yoga & Yoga
Jackie Klue began taking yoga after a car accident left her with a back injury. She discovered that not only is yoga a great way to increase flexibility and ease pain, it increases strength (inside and out). In 2013, Jackie traveled to Costa Rica to study with Amazing Yoga, a Vinyasa Yoga training program based out of Pittsburgh. Since then, she has been teaching yoga at many community centres and gyms across Waterloo region. Jackie has a passion for creating interesting and challenging classes for participants of all skill levels. She enjoys continuing her yoga education and recently became a certified prenatal and yin yoga teacher. Jackie is excited to attend an advanced yoga teacher training in India this coming February.
Outside of yoga, Jackie is involved in the local music community. She has a passion for creating opportunities for children to experience music on a new and interactive level. Jackie has been a part of many events including the UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Family Series shows.
Julie: Yoga, Flow & Slow, Kids (8-11 years) & family yoga!
Julie Raineault has been practicing yoga for over a decade and knew very early on this was something she wanted to share. Julie believes strongly that yoga is for everyone, no matter your age, shape or ability there is something special everyone can take from coming together in this practice. She works to create a nurturing and inclusive space where people can explore their bodies without judgement.
Julie’s classes strive to help balance work and reward, her Flow & Slow classes combine both an active asana practice and a chill restorative practice. She believes life moves quickly and you need take in all the beauty you find along the way, having balance in your life helps you keep your eyes open so you can take it all in.
Julie completed both her 200 Hour RYTT certification in Alignment Based Hatha at Queen Street Yoga and her Yoga For Round Bodies™ YTT certification with Tiina Veer in 2016. She is looking forward to more asana and movement explorations in the future.
Jyoti Solanki grew up observing her grandfather and father practicing yoga daily. Following this inspiration she has been exploring movement through dance and yoga ever since. She studied yoga outside of her family when she was a young adult, training in styles such as Iyengar, Asthanga, Power Flow Yoga, Restorative, as well as in depth study in Ayurveda. What she discovered was how vastly different yoga can be from one discipline to another. Today her focus is on allowing space for every individual in her classes to practice in their own way.
Jyoti completed her 500 hour teacher training with Mandorla Yoga Institute in 2013 and has been weaving her work as a Registered Massage Therapist with her teaching style. She is also a Yoga Therapist with the IAYT. A creative and passionate practitioner, her goal is to guide anyone who comes through her door towards their health goals. Ever a student, Jyoti continues to seek out additional training and experiences that will allow her to grow with the flux of the world. Through that lens she seeks to share all her knowledge with her students and clients alike. Combining vinyasa and therapeutic applications in all her classes, she encourages her students to connect with their own expressive movements. Every experience is an opportunity to learn something new and for Jyoti the various styles and disciplines of yoga are each golden paths to the same goal.
KARLA: PRENATAL And MOM & BABY YOGA (On Mat Leave)
Karla Rivera has always been passionate about movement whether it's yoga, dance or going for a hike in the woods. Her journey as a yoga instructor began in 2010 in the beautiful town of Ubud, Bali. She loves teaching and connecting with people of all ages, from the littlest yogi sprout to the tallest oak in the forest!
Laura: friday flow & Prenatal
Laura Dyet is a yoga teacher, birth doula, and early childhood educator. She completed her 200 hour YTT in 2015 with Travis Eliot and Lauren Eckstrom in Nosara, Costa Rica, and will complete her 500 hour training in April 2019. Laura's classes are based on a Holistic Yoga Flow approach, which includes pranayama, meditation, and asana. She combines creative sequencing and flows with a strong focus on safe, sound alignment. Laura believes that the practice of yoga is so much more than the physical postures. Although this is where her journey began, she now promotes yoga as a way of life, both on and off the mat. Laura believes that yoga is a wonderful way to cultivate relationships and connections among like-minded people while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She is an avid traveller, and has recently moved back to Canada after living and working in Asia for the past five years.
Megan: Yoga, Moms & Movers, Mom & Baby and Restorative
Megan Adele found yoga by accident in 2010. Wanting to see what all the hype was about, she went to a class with no expectations, but after the first class she was hooked and knew that yoga needed to be a bigger part of her life. She completed her first 200 hour training in Costa Rica in April 2014 focusing on Ashtanga/Vinyasa, and then a 500-hour teacher training in Power Yoga with Empowered Yoga. Later she was lucky enough to study Yin Yoga with Joe Barnett, Prenatal Yoga at Mamata Yoga, Meditation with Matthew Remski, Yoga for Aging Gracefully/Chair Yoga with Heidi Mason, and most recently Rocket Yoga with Asta Yoga in San Francisco. She is also a certified Barre instructor, and a certified Birth Doula. For the last few years, Megan has been lucky enough to combine her love of travel with her passion for yoga and leads wellness retreats and teacher trainings in Costa Rica, Cyprus and next up Nicaragua! Megan likes to keep her classes light-hearted and fun, with a major focus on connection to the breath and linking movement with breath. When she is not on her mat you can find Megan making handmade meditation malas, playing with puppies, or enjoying a local craft beer!
VICTORIA: PRENATAL YOGA
Victoria Tolton first discovered yoga after competing with the National Synchronized Skating team as a way to recover from the physical and mental demands of training. She wasn’t sure at first if she was “calm enough” to be a yogi, but over time, the precision of the postures and their union with breath appealed to her meticulous and creative nature. Victoria’s approach to teaching is very anatomy-based, thanks to her extensive background in both sport and education. She has had the great privilege to teach yoga overseas, particularly in Greece, Turkey, and Scotland, while completing two graduate degrees in the area of Ancient Greek sculpture. She loves to learn and is always exploring new ways to develop her own practice so that she might be able to serve others better. For Victoria, the joy of yoga is inherent in its ability to mean something different to everyone who steps onto the mat. She will challenge you to leap outside of your comfort zone and explore the postures as a true expression of your own amazing and unique self!